Books to Read based on your Godly Parent
Children of the Gods!
Yes, you have cool abilities and have an 'in' with the Gods.
But how're your book smarts coming along?
Reading can help with that!
Here are our suggestions based on who your parents are!
(Not a child of a God? You might like these, too)
1. Poseidon - God of the Sea
The Selkie's Daughter by Linda Crotta Brennan
Keep your heart close to the sea with this harrowing tale of the daughter of a selkie in a village where her identity is hidden and baby selkies are being killed for their fur!
This is a great read for people who loved The Secret of Nightingale Wood. The local myth in Brigit's seaside town in Nova Scotia is that selkies live in the waters past their harbor. Only Brigit knows they aren't myths. Her mother is a selkie, born in the sea, and Brigit is half-selkie with webbing growing between her fingers, which her mother has cut to hide from the villagers' harsh judging eyes. But Brigit has a harder truth to learn: when you are a part of two very different places, you may end up having to choose between one or the other. A wonderful novel about fighting for who you are and being true to yourself.
2. Hades - God of the Underworld
Brick Dust & Bones by M. R. Fournet
What better book to honor Hades than one with ghosts, a flesh-eating mermaid, and a twelve-year old monster hunter bent on bringing his mother back from the dead?
Who hasn't dreamt of being a monster hunter? I sure have! Delightfully spooky with a really cool magic system, Brick Dust and Bones was a joy to read. Different from your usual ghost stories, Marius deals with a whole variety of interesting foes, unique challenges, and memorable allies. I will eagerly await what Fournet writes next.
3. Zeus - God of the Sky
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Make Zeus proud and just pick this book for the beautiful illustrations! You know that's what he would do.
But as beautiful as the illustrations of the book are, the story is even better! Two stories set fifty years apart, one in words, the other in pictures, show two children setting off on their own to find what they are missing. If you've read Selznick's other two books of a similar style, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Marvels you will love this one!
4. Hephaestus - God of the Forge
Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera
Though Hephaestus is the God of the Forge, he is also an outcast, which makes this book perfect for any of his offspring.
Rebecca G's take:
WOW!! I thought that The Last Cuentista was amazing, this one went even better! I never knew that I could love a dystopian novel so much. Leonardo, Osa, Charlie, Selah, and Gabi all the other characters work together and fight in this hopeful adventure to redefine what it means to be human.
5. Ares - God of War
Lines of Courage by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Jennifer A. Nielsen is known for her wonderful historical fiction books, and Lines of Courage is her newest one, set in World War I. As Ares is the God of War, of course you should read a book set during wartime. This one is especially great to honor Ares because, while Athena, Goddess of War, focuses on strategy, Ares focuses on the untamed chaos of war, a quality often associated with World War I.
Fall into the world of five different characters, all from different sides of the war, but all trapped in it's cruel embrace. They may have started on opposing sides, but when their paths crossed, they may each have what the others need to survive.
6. Hermes - Messenger of the Gods
Undercover Latina by Aya de Leon
Yes, Hermes is the Messenger of the Gods, but he is also a master at eavesdropping and knowing all the Gods' secrets. Undercover Latina's main character, Andrea, comes from a family of spies with a mission of protecting people of color all around the world!
Roller coaster alert!. Suspense, high stakes, school drama, and spy tricks are just the beginning of this creative page turner. Andrea, a new member of the Factory (a secret spy agency to fight racism) has to pretend to be white to befriend the estranged son of a white supremisist to stop a dangerous plot. And I want to play Triangulo which is kind of like Magic the Gathering, where you work to free the oppressed in the past and present. Smart, fast paced, and full of heart, this is one of the best stories I have read this year.
If you've watched the new TV adaptation of the Percy Jackson series, you'll have met all the Gods mentioned above, but those aren't the only ones, so here's recommendations for the rest of the Gods of Olympus you can add to your reading list:
- Hera, Goddess of Lawful Marriage - The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
- Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt - Alone by Megan E. Freeman
- Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War - The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
- Apollo, God of Sun and Light - Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola Okogwu
- Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty - Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- Dionysus, God of Festivity - Afterlife of the Party by Darcy Marks
- Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest - Once There Was by Kiyash Monsef
Need more God-related recommendations? Come see us at the store, and we'll find the perfect book for you!